Feds Investigate Fugees' Pras Michel Over $20 Million In Financing
(AllHipHop News) Fugees co-founder Pras Michel is caught up in a bizarre political scandal unfolding in Malaysia.
The Justice Department has launched an investigation into the activities of Pras, who has been connected to a Malaysian financier named Jho Low.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department is investigating over $1 million dollars in donations Pras made during the 2012 elections.
The Justice Department said their investigation revealed Pras received over $20 million dollars from Jho Low and they want to know how the donations were used to back efforts to re-elect President Barack Obama.
The claims against Pras have emerged as part of a larger controversy involving the ongoing 1Malaysia Development Bhd fund.
The Malaysian government claims Jho Low and his cronies siphoned billions out of a fund owned by the government and deposited them into accounts they controlled.
Documents obtained by WSJ show Jho Low put $20 million dollars into two accounts controlled by Pras in 2012.
The rapper then handed over $1.3 million to the Obama campaign in September and October of 2012, and another $1.2 million to a super PAC named Black Men Vote.
Investigators want to know if the money was used to promote Malaysian interest in the United States, on behalf of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is accused of stealing over $1 billion.